severity of illness


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severity of illness

the degree of illness and risk of disease manifested by patients, based either on clinical data from the medical records or on hospital discharge/billing data. Outcome comparisons usually are interpreted in terms of severity of illness to ensure meaningful data interpretations are made.

se·ver·i·ty of ill·ness

(sĕ-ver'i-tē il'nĕs)
The degree of illness and risk of disease manifested by patients, based either on clinical data from the medical records or on hospital discharge or billing data. Outcome comparisons usually are interpreted in terms of severity of illness to ensure that meaningful data interpretations are made.
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Higher virus loads of human bocavirus in nasopharyngeal aspirate samples were associated with greater severity of illness among Chinese children (16).
Surprisingly, there have been very few studies investigating the use of severity of illness scoring systems by ED clinicians, but at least one study documented low utilisation and compliance with a validated ED triage system.
Upcoding also might have contributed to the increased severity of illness observed for many of the study conditions.
Hospitals will not be appropriately reimbursed for acute inpatient visits unless they accurately document severity of illness and when those diagnoses are present on admission.
resistance on outcomes of Acinetobacter infections while controlling for severity of illness.
Accounting for severity of illness made this study more powerful than the earlier ones.
Thus, the central problem is not that HCFA has failed specifically to account for referral selection bias; the fundamental concern with the data used by HCFA to develop mortality ratios is that severity of illness is inadequately measured (Iezzoni et al.
To address the challenge of developing a clinically valid and cost- effective reporting system, researchers from Cardinal Health, the Center for Outcomes Research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine analyzed data from more than a million admissions to create models that are clinically sound and adequately adjusted for severity of illness.
For example, pregnancy may increase susceptibility to toxoplasmosis and listeriosis and may increase severity of illness and increase mortality rates from influenza and varicella.
When you factor severity of illness, extremely severe illness overrides the impact of multidrug resistance on mortality," Dr.
Such disparity, often on the order of five- to tenfold and more, has become evident in the health care system's structure (such as per capita distribution of physicians and hospital beds) and process (such as rates of procedures or use of medications, even after correction for severity of illness or other predictable factors).
There was no measurement of severity of illness, no analysis of resource consumption and no comprehensive mechanism for evaluating or improving clinical practice.